WolfTone Legend set for blues to rock
WCR IronMan set for metal
The Legends are my favorite PAF type PUP.
Really warm and vintage sounding, not
modern at all
I just put the IronMan set into my LP maple-
top Custom. All I can say is, WOW! These are
the best PUPs I've heard for metal. They can
do any era from 70's Black Sabbath to 80's
Power (Iron Maiden) to Thrash, Death, and
Black Metal. They're really warm and unbelievably
clear for being so powerful (ceramic8/22K). I'll
have a thorough review posted soon.
The boutique pups are cool. I just took out an Ironman from my R7 and installed a Goodwood. A local Gear Pager and buddy lent me a slew of pups to play with and I have many, many more to go.
I can say this, so far... if you want to play metal there are much cheaper and perfectly viable options out there than a set of $375 pickups. The Gibson ceramics I mentioned earlier, or some hot Duncans would be just fine.
I would fully agree with choice of Wagner's pickups for Les Paul. Ther are ridiculously expensive (I discussed an issue of real manufacturing expenses with one PU maker) and price is based on fame they got among guitarists. Still, they offer great choice of vintage and modern sounds for LP. Much better than any DiMarzio, Duncans or EMGs I tried.
New stock Burstbuckers are really fine, too (not to mix with old BBs)
On the other hands 500 XL or 500 L from Bill Lawrence costs ridiulously low compared to the quality.